Performances

Chapatti

Chapatti

September 21st, 2018 - October 14th, 2018

Dan seeks to heal his aching heart, with only his faithful dog Chapatti for companionship. Betty spends her days with a litter or two of kittens and an aging employer to nurse. For both, romance is a distant memory- until a chance encounter brings these two lonely Irish hearts together for one more adventure.

Gracefully alternating between humorous Irish storytelling and soul-bearing dialogue, Christian O’Reilly tells a poignant, gentle tale about rediscovering the importance of human connection.

*performance dates and times can be found on our website.

Prince of Players - Florentine Opera Main Stage Series

Prince of Players - Florentine Opera Main Stage Series

October 12th, 2018 - October 14th, 2018

Historically Intriguing
Culturally Relevant

A king’s edict that “a he shall no longer play a she” threatens the livelihood and identity of an actor and changes the course of theater in Floyd’s operatic adaptation of a true story. Keith Phares and Kate Royal lead an all-star cast in the tale of Edward Kynaston, an idol in London’s Restoration-era theater, famous for his flawless portrayal of female roles. In a twist of fates, King Charles II grants women the right to appear onstage while forbidding men from performing as women, leading to Kynaston’s personal journey and transformation. Carlisle Floyd’s newest creation features a highly talented cast of singing actors, lead by director Michael Gieleta along with the Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Boggs.

National Medal of Arts Composer Carlisle Floyd joins us for his latest opera, adapted from Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage play, Compleat Female Stage Beauty (1999).

This a regional premiere production that will also be recorded live for international release.

Performance will take place in the Uihlein Hall of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 12th at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, October 14th at 7:30 P.M.

Tickets range in price from $30-$120

Antiology

Antiology

October 12th, 2018

“The point isn’t to win,” according to Nash, a key character in Dana Spiotta’s award-winning Eat the Document. A radical remnant of the 70s who now presides over an anarchist bookstore, Nash draws the disaffected youth of the 1990s into a shifting series of “collectives.”  In this musical response to Spiotta’s novel, the team behind “Guns N’ Rosenkavalier” and “Lucy” explores the two eras – their language, technology, music and activism.  ​With special guest Dana Spiotta.

Dates:
Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 11, at 8:00 PM
Friday, October 12, at 8:00 PM

Doors open at 7:30

Tickets: $25 General Admission / $15 Students and Artists

Order online at http://antiology.bpt.me or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Location: Boswell Book Company
2559 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Stage Direction:                                                        Music Direction:
Jill Anna Ponasik                                                        Jack Forbes Wilson

And Starring our 70s Operatic Jam Band: Andrew Wilkowske, Eva Nimmer, Kat Wodke, Monique Ross, John Glover, Joe Riggenbach, and Jill Anna Ponasik

For more information: milwaukeeoperatheatre.org
Contact: Jill Anna Ponasik, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Opera Theatre
jillannaponasik@gmail.com or 917.684.0512

Milwaukee Opera Theatre is Milwaukee’s micro-brewery for opera, proudly producing small batches of high quality, local lyric theatre.  We tell stories through music…unconventionally.

Guards at the Taj

Guards at the Taj

October 12th, 2018

September 26 – November 4, 2018, By Rajiv Joseph, Directed by Brent Hazelton. A gripping historical dark comedy set in 1648 India, this “ingenious piece of theater” (Washington Post), by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, explores the friendship of two imperial guards. At dawn a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled, the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two guards assigned to protect the palace, morning brings them an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.

In the Heights

In the Heights

October 12th, 2018

September 18 – October 28, 2018, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Directed by May Adrales. The sizzling musical from Hamilton’s creator. Winner of the Pulitzer, Emmy, 2 Grammy, and 3 Tony Awards, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a global superstar and his 4-time Tony Award-winning musical is the perfect way to kick off our 65th Anniversary Season. The vibrant New York community of Washington Heights is a place where the air is filled with the sounds of salsa, merengue, soul, hip-hop and R & B. It’s also a neighborhood on the brink of change, full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is a show sure to capture the heart of all ages with its universal themes of chasing your dreams and finding your true home.

Songs for Nobodies

Songs for Nobodies

October 12th, 2018

September 7 – November 4, 2018, By Joanna Murray-Smith, Directed by Laura Braza. American Premiere. Coming to Milwaukee from sold-out tours in Australia and the UK—be the first in the U.S. to see this amazing production. Opening our newly renovated Stackner Cabaret, this one-woman tour-de-force show reminds us that everybody has a story—and a song—worth hearing. Share in the life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Maria Callas icons of our age. Featuring such favorites as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Amazing Grace,” “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” and “Vissi d’arte,” Songs for Nobodies shows us the magical power of song.

The Eagle in Me: An Evening of Carl Sandburg

The Eagle in Me: An Evening of Carl Sandburg

October 12th, 2018

Enjoy a delightful journey through the heart of America by one of its finest storytellers, Pulitzer-prize winning author, Carl Sandburg. Milwaukee’s own Jonathan Gillard Daly recreates Sandburg’s traveling show, bringing his poetry, folklore and music to life in this exciting world premiere.

The Eagle in Me: An Evening of Carl Sandburg is by Jonathan Gillard Daly.

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